Tax will turn backpackers away from the West

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New taxation laws could see foreign backpackers avoid rural and remote areas due to the cost of travel and poorer earning potential. Both foreigners and farmers are up in arms over the changes that will see backpackers pay a massive 32.5 per cent tax on every dollar they earn working in … [Read more...]

More wheels to drive quad bike safety

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Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP) is calling for Australian states to address the number of quad bike related injuries on farms. “Quad bikes continue to be the leading cause of deaths on farms and that has been the case for a number of years now,” says PIHSP research … [Read more...]

BOM promises farmers better seasonal forecasting

Better forecasting technology is more than just a whisper on the breeze, with the BOM’s new supercomputer set to be operational by the end of the year.

Farmers and growers often find themselves at the mercy of Mother Nature, but her movements are about to become easier to predict with improved seasonal forecasting. The Bureau of Meteorology will invest $3.3 million to improve the accuracy and frequency of seasonal projections in order to aid … [Read more...]

Springborg denies coal development in Southern Downs

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Local LNP Member Lawrence Springborg has categorically denied any rumours of development of an open cut mine through the Warwick and Inglewood regions. He says, “I’m not aware of any, and we’ve got prime agriculture legislation in place and that actually protects that prime agricultural land from … [Read more...]